Leonberger

The sweet-natured Leonberger is a lion of a dog, but a lamb of a pet.

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Heinrich Essig, a politician, alderman, and animal trader in Leonberg, Germany, developed and promoted the Leonberger during the 1800s. Resembling the lion on Leonberg's town crest, this impressive breed became popular as an artist's subject, royal pet, and status symbol. World Wars I and II almost brought about the Leo's extinction, but dedicated breeders came to the rescue. Today these
sweet-faced family dogs excel at canine therapy, water rescue, and other jobs. And they don't drool like some other big breeds.

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Chris   Littleton, Colorado

3/11/2014 4:52:09 PM

We have 2 female leonberger's,or Leo's as they're called. They are the gentlest of dogs,great with kids very tuned in to one's mood. Very easy to train,but can be willful. They are the best of the big dogs. And absolutely beautiful. But do need daily brushing,they love the snow and cold weather.A non aggressive dog.

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Ginger   Lake Charles, Louisiana

12/14/2013 2:13:22 PM

I saw a pair of Leonbergers at the Veterinary Clinic yesterday. They were gorgeous dogs with their black faces and incredibly soft coats. The female lay down as I approached with my miniature dachshund. The owner said she was in the habit of lying down when a small dog was near so that she could greet them.

I enjoyed meeting these Leonbergers and learning about them.

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Heidi   merritt island, International

10/12/2013 1:44:53 PM

we have a male, Bruno and he is so very easy. He was easy to house break, every time we took him out he immediately urinated. He is so very loving and calm. He is good with other dogs and birds. We have no cats. He has a very sensitive stomach and can not have rich or table food. He makes no demands but needs activities he is only 1.5 years old. He also walks very good on his lead. I have owned German Shorthairs for40 years and was used to their need to hunt.

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